1969 ASA Open Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1969 held at Parma, Ohio


Champion – Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI
Runner Up – Jo’s Pizza House, Milton, FL


HT Waller almost single handily carried Jo’s to the championship. He had 7 HRs and 16 RBIs in the final 4 games. Jo’s eliminated Little Caesars 21-19 as Waller hit 3 HRs. Then Waller’s HR  won the first final 8-6 over Copper Hearth.

In the Final championship, Copper Hearth led 8-1, Waller hit two 3-Run HRs to pull them to 13-11, but fell just short. Copper ended up winning 13-12.

Jim Becker led Copper Hearth all weekend with a .593 batting average including 6 HRs and 20 RBIs. Tony Galecke also hit .593 and he scored 16 Runs. Mike Grbich led the Hearth Men with a .609 average (14-23). Fred Maas chipped in with a .556. Luther Ates was the table setter for Jo’s House of Pizza collecting 23 hits and scoring 17 Runs.


  • MVP – H.T. Waller, Jo’s Pizza House (19-32, .594, 16 HRs, 28 RBIs, 21 Runs Scored, 6 Intentional Walks)
  • HR Leader – H.T. Waller, Jo’s Pizza House – 16 – set New National Tournament HR Record – broke old HR record of 13
  • Batting Leader – Joe Konicki, Hicksville Astros (16-20, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 15 Runs scored) – .800

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Jerry Martello, Jo’s (7-2 Pitching and 16-34, .471, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • C – Joe Konicki, Hicksville Astros (16-20, .800, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • C – Tex Collins, Little Caesars (17-26, .654, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • 1B – Jim Becker, Copper Hearth (16-27, .593, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • 2B – HT Waller, Jo’s (19-32, .594, 16 HRs, 28 RBIs, 21 Runs, 6 Intentional Walks)
  • 3B – Bill Cole, Little Caesars (14-25, .560, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • SS – Chet Forte, County Sports (19-28, .679, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • OF – Bert Smith, County Sports (22-34, .647, 14 HRs, 26 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • OF – Luther Ates, Jo’s (23-38, .605, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • OF – Tom Sorcic, Copper Hearth (13-26, .500, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • OF – Gerry Lyle, Jo’s (18-34, .529, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • UT – Jim Galloway, County Sports (19-30, .633, 11 HRs, 21 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • UT – Steve Loya, Gene’s Sohio (14-25, .560, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 11 Runs)

ASA OPEN ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Tom Cannonberg, Copper Hearth (6-1 Pitching and 5-21, .238, 1 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • P – Jim True, Wilsman Trucking (4-2 Pitching and 14-21, .667, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • C – Ben Hogan, Golden Gallons (15-21, .714, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • C – Dan Vlahovic, Teamsters Local  (no info)
  • 1B – Mike Axelson, Little Caesars (18-25, .720, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • 2B – Joe Petriello, Hicksville Astros (9-20, .450, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • 3B – Fred Maas, Copper Hearth (10-18, .556, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • SS – Wayne Chopus, Ciccio’s Homes (13-17, .765, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • OF – Tom Drabik, Gene’s Sohio  (no info)
  • OF – Carl Neubauer, Copper Hearth (12-29, .414 , 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • OF – Jim Wessel, Wilsman Trucking (17-25, .680, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • OF – Tony Galecke, Copper Hearth (16-27, .593, 4 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • UT – Bill Malloy, County Sports (19-32, .594, 10 HRs, 19 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • UT – Al Waltz, Little Caesars (12-19, .632, 5 RBI’s, 4 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Bob Auten, Little Caesars (18-30, .600, 8 HRs, 21 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Rocky Salice, County Sports (14-25, .560, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs. 11 Runs)
  • Bill Brown, County Sports (16-29, .552, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Bob Harrison, Wilsman (12-22, .545, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Bob Lombardi, County Sports (14-23, .519. 0 HRs, 2 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Oscar Steadman, Hicksville (10-20, .500, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 10 Rns)
  • Bob Schugman, County Sports (15-30, .500, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Tony Mazza, Little Caesars (15-30, .500, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Bill Tolbert, Jo’s Pizza (19-38, .500, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Mike Gouin, Little Caesars (15-31, 484, .8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 14 Runs
  • Chester Dungan, Jo’s Pizza (17-35, .486, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Lou Russo, Hicksville Astros (10-21, .476, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Andy Loya, Gene’s Snoco (9-20, .450, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Andy Masseta, Gene’s Sunco (9-21, .429, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Steve Shurina, Hicksville (8-20, .400, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Howie Krause, Pyramid (7-18, .389, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Bob Malicki, Little Caesars (8-23, .381, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Dave Neale, Pyramid (2-15, .133, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1 – Copper Hearth, Milwaukee, WI 6-1
2 – Jo’s Pizza, Milton, FL 7-2
3 – Little Caesar’s Pizza, Detroit, MI 5-2
4 – County Sports, Levitton, NY 5-2
5t – Gene’s Sohio, Parma, OH 5-2
5t – Hicksville Astro Motor Inn, Hicksville, NY 3-2
7t – Golden Gallons, Chattanooga, TN 3-2
7t – Wilsman Trucking, Hamilton, OH 4-2
9t – Teamsters Local #293, Cleveland, OH 2-2
9t – Pyramid Cafe, Cleveland, OH 3-2
9t – 615 Lounge, York, PA 3-2
9t – Ciccio’s Homes, Plainville, CT 3-2
13t – Eddie’s Cafe, Cincinnati, OH 2-2
13t – Jiffy Club, Louisville, KY 2-2
13t – Glidewell Brothers, Richmond, VA 2-2
13t – Maplewood Plumbing & Heating, Maplewood, MN 2-2
17t – Canal Lanes, Southampton, MA 1-2
17t – Gramma’s Lucky, Billings, MT 1-2
17t – Greggs Lettering, Oakland, CA 1-2
17t – Romero Music Company, New Iberia, LA 1-2
17t – Tom’s, Columbus, GA 1-2
17t – Pantorium Cleaners, Dayton, OH 2-2
17t – Jerry’s Catering, Miami, FL 1-2
17t – Heidelberg, Tacoma, WA 2-2
25t – Shakey’s Pizza, Washington, D.C. 1-2
25t – Kwajalein All Stars, Marshall Islands 0-2
25t – Virginia Door, Chesapeake, VA 0-2
25t – Al Green’s Tavern, Rochester, NY 0-2
25t – Wilmar Lounge, St. Louis, MO 0-2
25t – Central Brevard Merchants, Cocoa, FL 0-2
25t – D.K. Asphalt, St. Louis, MO 0-2
25t – Shipwreck Lounge, Phoenix, AZ 0-2
33t – Professional Disc. Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK 0-2
33t – Howard’s Furniture, Denver, NC 0-2


 

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